Having gained large traction in the 90’s and early 2,000’s, oral piercings are still popular among certain crowds. And although things like tongue and lip piercings may come with fashionable benefits, they can wreak havoc on your teeth and mouth— leaving you with more dental problems than you know what to do with. If you’re considering getting an oral piercing, consider the following:
They Can Crack Your Teeth
One of the biggest dental issues to be wary of when considering getting an oral piercing such as a tongue or lip piercing is the fact that they can crack or chip your teeth. How exactly? Just as it is easy to accidentally bite your tongue, it is also easy to accidentally knock your teeth against your piercing and cause a crack or chip on your tooth— resulting in you having to get either a dental implant or veneer in order to repair the tooth. If you play any sort of contact sport and you have an oral piercing, you are even more susceptible to getting a chipped or cracked tooth. In order to protect your mouth when playing a sport, consider wearing a mouth guard.
They May Become Infected
It is not uncommon for new piercings to become infected, especially oral piercings. If your lip or tongue piercing becomes infected, the infection can cause oral issues like swelling, pain, and can even spread throughout your mouth. In order to protect your mouth from getting any sort of infection, make sure to clean and care for your new piercing as directed by your piercing studio. If you do receive an oral infection, visit Dr. Nazila Bidabadi at Soft Touch Dentistry as soon as possible. During your visit, Dr. Naliza Bidabada will be able to prescribe you with an oral antibiotic to help combat the infection.
If you are considering getting an oral piercing, consider the oral health reprucussions that they may have on you. If cared for correctly and if you take the necessary precautions, you shouldn’t have any problems with your teeth or gums. To learn more, contact Dr. Nazila Bidabadi at Soft Touch Dentistry today!